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Russia’s Transneft Upper Volga completes technological connection of oil pipeline sections

Russian oil transportation company Transneft Upper Volga has completed the technological connection of the newly constructed sections of the Surgut-Polotsk oil trunk pipeline, which is currently undergoing reconstruction in Russia.

The construction works were carried out in the Russian territories of the Republic of Mari El, Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo and Vladimir Regions within a 72-hour period during a scheduled shutdown of the oil pipeline.

Reconstruction of sections of the Surgut-Polotsk oil trunk pipeline began at the start of this year. The works included making 95 crossings with utilities, such as oil pipelines, communications cables, high-voltage lines and roads.

The total length of the connected sections was over 13km. Hydraulic tests and in-line inspection have also been carried out. The connection was conducted simultaneously at 14 points, with the involvement of 25 pipe handlers and 16 excavators.

The reconstruction works were carried out as part of Transneft’s technical upgrading programme, which aims to increase the reliability and ensure uninterrupted oil transportation through the company’s network of oil trunk pipelines.

Oil pumping resumed on schedule and is currently being carried out according to standard protocols, the company added.